Guidance

Help protect bats: work affecting watercourses

This publication was withdrawn on 30 November 2015

The Environment Agency no longer maintains or updates this guidance as it contained general advice which the Environment Agency is best placed to provide.

Improving the awareness of where bats live and to encourage the inclusion of places for them to roost in structures near water

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Bats are a protected species and it is a criminal offence to knowingly or recklessly harm, damage or disturb bats or their roosts. This guidance provides information about getting consent for works that effect water courses where bats may be present.